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Monday, May 21, 2018

Beat the Crowds this Memorial Day Weekend: Hike Local.

Maricopa County Regional Parks Offer Safe & Fun Memorial Day Weekend Events
Yavapai Point at Lake Pleasant Regional Park
This Memorial Day weekend, don’t let forest closures, wildfires, crowds, holiday traffic and the unfortunate presence of drunks drivers on the freeways prevent you from enjoying the outdoors.  If you’re opting to avoid the holiday maelstrom by sticking around the Valley this weekend, consider getting re-acquainted with the Maricopa County Regional Parks system.  Early morning and evening programs and ranger-led hikes offer quick and easy ways to get outside year-round.  Here are just a few examples of fun things to do.

Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Cave Creek
Life Along the Creek Hike
Jewel of the Creek  at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
Friday, May 25: Life along the Creek.  Hike with Ranger Kevin through a rare riparian area on Cave Creek while learning about the fascinating survival skills of the site’s plants, animals and ancient human inhabitants.
Saturday, May 26: Moonlight Hike.  The desert comes alive on this moon-illuminated trek.

Estrella Mountain Regional Park
Friday May 25: Moonlight Hike.  Explore magical desert environments under a glowing moon.
Learn about saguaros.
Saturday May 26: In Search of Saguaros. It’s the height of saguaro blossom season and you can learn interesting facts about the magnificent desert giant on this ranger-lead hike.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Friday, May 25: Find the Ranger.  Ranger J.D. will be wandering along the Waterfall Trail with a surprise for those who find him.
Saturday, May 26: Rattlesnakes! Fact and Fiction.  Scared to death of snakes? This workshop explores myths, misinformation and ways to safely live with local “buzz worms”.

Lake Pleasant Regional Park
A perennial Memorial Day favorite, it’s smart to plan ahead and expect crowds before heading out to hike, bike, fish or paddle.

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